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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said former President Trump criticized the $61 billion for Ukraine passed under Speaker Mike Johnson's (R-La.) leadership and signaled his disinterest in sending the war-torn country more support during his Thursday meeting with House Republicans. read more

The metal doesn't just turn the water highly acidic -- it also colors it bright orange, making them visible from space. read more

Police attempting to direct traffic following an accident had to take cover when the Tesla plowed into a cruiser.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

The facial recognition start-up doesn't have the funds to settle a class-action lawsuit, so lawyers are proposing equity for those whose faces were scraped from the internet. read more



That is likely to be the huge issue here.

The legal department of Tesla proffering fine print, vs the marketing department of Tesla wanting to empty those hordes of unsold Teslas.

Tesla sales tumble nearly 9%, most in 4 years, as competition heats up and demand for EVs slows (April 2024)

... Tesla sales fell sharply last quarter as competition increased worldwide, electric vehicle sales growth slowed, and price cuts failed to lure more buyers.

The Austin, Texas, company said Tuesday that it delivered 386,810 vehicles worldwide from January through March, almost 9% below the 423,000 it sold in the same quarter of last year. It was the first year-over-year quarterly sales decline in nearly four years. ...

As I mentioned in another thread ...


My current view is that fmr Pres Trump's age-related deterioration is mental, not physical.

And that Pres Biden's age-related deterioration is physical, not mental.

Unfortunately for Pres Biden, physical impairment is far more visible and exploitable that mental impairment.

Another view...

A $2.3 million home listing in Nantucket slashed its price by a whopping 74% after its shoreline experienced drastic erosion in just a few weeks

... Major cities are not alone in feeling the effects of climate change. Small vacation towns are starting to get the brunt of sea-level rise -- as evidenced by one home listing in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

In September 2023, a three-bedroom, two-bath waterfront home in Nantucket -- a "beautiful seaside retreat" as described by the sellers -- was listed at $2.3 million. Looking at the comparable homes in the area, it was somewhat of a steal. Some listings in the area are as high as $8.2 million, according to Zillow. But after a few months on the market, the price plummeted a whopping 74% to just $600,000"well below Nantucket's median home sales price of $3.2 million.

During the past two years, we've heard nothing but news of home prices increasing, so how could such a seemingly desirable property lose so much value so quickly?

Climate change is to blame. ...

... actually shows global warming has no meaningful negative effects on our lives or our environment. ...

Wealthy beach lovers left devastated as they're forced to slash price of luxury seaside homes by MILLIONS: 'It's unbelievable'

... Wealthy beach lovers are left devastated as they're forced to slash prices of their luxury seaside homes by millions due to climate change.

Climate experts believe the rise in sea levels and unforgiving storms, intense rainfall and coastal flooding and erosion are the culprits putting homeowners in a precarious position - and the unpredictability of it all.

The areas with some of the priciest real estate that have been hit the hardest include, Dana Point, California, to Long Island, New York, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, CNBC reported.

In September, a beach front home on Nantucket that listed for $2.3 million, fell to a staggering $600,000 after their shoreline lost 70 feet to erosion. The owner, Lynn Tidgewell said, 'this rate of erosion was not typical,' and 'dropped the price significantly in the knowledge that any prospective buyer was taking a risk.' ...


My current view is that fmr Pres Trump's age-related deterioration is mental, not physical.

And that Pres Biden's age-related deterioration is physical, not mental.

The bewilderment and schadenfreude the White House feels over McCarthy's ouster (October 2023)

... People close to the president considered McCarthy a fickle and unpredictable partner. When McCarthy met with Biden in person, he typically presented himself as a sober negotiator, clear-eyed about the give-and-take of bipartisan governance. Then he would go out in public and brag about his refusal to bend on conservative demands.

On a particularly sensitive matter, McCarthy mocked Biden's age and mental acuity in public, while privately telling allies that he found the president sharp and substantive in their conversations -- a contradiction that left a deep impression on the White House. ...


That's a good point.

Charging EVs presents a new load to the power grid.

Nighttime Charging of EVs May Overburden the Grid (October 2022)

... The vast majority of electric vehicle owners currently charge their cars at home at night. However, a new study finds this might gravely burden the grid as more EVs hit the road. Instead, a much better strategy in the future is a greater emphasis on daytime charging, scientists say.

The number of electric passenger cars, delivery vans and other light-duty vehicles may reach more than 300 million worldwide by 2035, an order of magnitude increase when compared to 2021, according to energy market analyst firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In California alone, cumulative sales of EVs reached 1 million in February, accounting for about 6 percent of the state's cars and light trucks.

The drive toward EVs and renewable energy is ultimately designed to lower fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, the campaigns pushing both these shifts are largely uncoordinated. In the new study, researchers examined what effects of growing EV ownership might have in the long term on power grids based more and more on renewable energy.

California plans for 50 percent or 24 million of its light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2035. The scientists investigated the effects this might have on the whole U.S. portion of the Western Interconnection grid, which covers 11 states with more than 75 million people, because California depends heavily on electricity imports from the other western states. Their models included an increase in solar and wind generation 3.5 times and 3 times 2019 levels, respectively.

Currently, more than 80 percent of electric vehicle charging, and as much as 93 percent, takes place at home, mostly in the evening, according to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. The researchers found this strategy could increase peak electricity demand by up to 25 percent if half of all cars are electric by 2035, and by 50 percent if all vehicles go electric. ...

air space

... air space, in international law, the space above a particular national territory, treated as belonging to the government controlling the territory. It does not include outer space, which, under the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, is declared to be free and not subject to national appropriation. The treaty, however, did not define the altitude at which outer space begins and air space ends. ...

@#10 ... ADIZ ...

Air defense identification zone

... An air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is a region of airspace in which a country tries to identify, locate, and control aircraft in the interest of national security.[1]

It is declared unilaterally[2] and may extend beyond a country's territory to give the country more time to respond to possibly hostile aircraft.[3]

The concept of an ADIZ is not defined in any international treaty and is not recognized by any international body.[3][4] ...

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